Politics http://wrvo.org en Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country http://wrvo.org/post/moss-emphasizes-importance-fort-drum-during-visit-north-country <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:06:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58684 at http://wrvo.org Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable http://wrvo.org/post/katko-unveils-plan-veterans-says-va-needs-be-held-accountable <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:59:50 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 58626 at http://wrvo.org Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable Katko calls out Maffei on gas and energy policies http://wrvo.org/post/katko-calls-out-maffei-gas-and-energy-policies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As central New Yorkers hop in their cars to head off for the holiday weekend, the </span>24th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District race is focusing on gas prices and energy policy.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:25:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58284 at http://wrvo.org Katko calls out Maffei on gas and energy policies North Country baker turned Green Party candidate "angry in a nice way" http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-baker-turned-green-party-candidate-angry-nice-way <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's just over four months before the November election and Green Party candidate Matt </span>Funiciello<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making his first campaign stops around the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:38:56 +0000 Brian Mann 58219 at http://wrvo.org North Country baker turned Green Party candidate "angry in a nice way" GOP senators say Democrats will neglect upstate http://wrvo.org/post/gop-senators-say-democrats-will-neglect-upstate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the New York state Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about upstate and Long Island.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:34:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58039 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says upstate New York will suffer, following IDC decision http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-says-upstate-new-york-will-suffer-following-idc-decision <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Upstate will be the big loser if a new power change in the state Senate goes through, according to one high ranking state Senate Republican.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:23:01 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57998 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco says upstate New York will suffer, following IDC decision Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-likely-drop-challenge-senator-valesky <p></p><p>Jean Kessner&nbsp;has gotten her wish and will likely drop her challenge of state Sen. Dave Valesky in Democratic Party primary.</p><p>Kessner, a Democrat herself and Syracuse Common Councilor, was circulating petitions to challenge Valesky (D-Oneida), unless he rejoined the mainstream Democrats in the state Senate.</p><p>Valesky has been a member of the Independent Democratic Caucus, which controls the Senate along with the minority Republicans, since 2011.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:49:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57977 at http://wrvo.org Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushing-legislation-increase-political-donation-transparency <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With election season here, escaping the volley of political ads that are the hallmark of political campaigns will only get harder. In response, New York Democrat Charles </span>Schumer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping lead a fight in the Senate to force outside groups funding those ads to disclose their donors.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:03:50 +0000 Matt Laslo 57912 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushing legislation to increase political donation transparency Kessner continues to pursue run against Valesky because of IDC alignment http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-continues-pursue-run-against-valesky-because-idc-alignment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse Common Councilor Jean </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> continues collecting petition signatures for a possible Democratic primary run for the state Senate seat held by Dave </span>Valesky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Oneida). On Tuesday, </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> supporters rallied in front of the State Office Building in Syracuse.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:39:24 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57895 at http://wrvo.org Kessner continues to pursue run against Valesky because of IDC alignment Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-defeats-tenney-gop-primary-22nd-district <p>Rep. Richard Hanna is all but guaranteed a third term in the House of Representatives after he beat back a challenge from the political right in Tuesday's Republican Party primary.</p><p>Hanna, R-Barneveld,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came out on top in a challenge from the more conservative Claudia&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tenney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">assemblywoman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She said Hanna was too moderate.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:31:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Matt Richmond 57868 at http://wrvo.org Hanna defeats Tenney in GOP primary for 22nd District Stefanik wins GOP 21st Congressional District primary http://wrvo.org/post/stefanik-wins-gop-21st-congressional-district-primary <p>After entering the race as a complete unknown last year, Elise Stefanik won the Republican Party primary in New York's 21st Congressional District Tuesday night by a commanding margin over Matt Doheny.<br /><br />Stefanik, a 29-year-old political analyst, overcame non-existent name recognition, opposition from some senior GOP leaders, and claims that she was a "carpetbagger" from outside the North Country district.<br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:52:04 +0000 David Sommerstein & Brian Mann 57867 at http://wrvo.org Stefanik wins GOP 21st Congressional District primary Primary results: Stefanik victorious in 21st Congressional District; Hanna wins in 22nd http://wrvo.org/post/primary-results-stefanik-victorious-21st-congressional-district-hanna-wins-22nd <p><strong>11:05 pm:</strong> Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) declares victory over Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney in Republican primary in 22nd Congressional District. There is no Democrat running in the general election in November.</p><p><strong>10:38 pm</strong>: Republican candidate Matt Doheny concedes to Elise Stefanik in the race to be the party's nominee for the 21st Congressional District in November.</p><p>The 21st district covers the North Country and is currently represented by Rep. Bill Owens (D), who announced his retirement earlier this year.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:47:01 +0000 WRVO News 57866 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-take-similar-platforms-north-country-voters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few months, North Country voters have heard a lot about the two Republican candidates running to represent the party in this fall's election for New York's </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District. But the differences between Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aren't really that vast.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:16:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57796 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik take similar platforms to North Country voters Hanna invites Long Island congressman to upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-invites-long-island-congressman-upstate-new-york <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:46:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57505 at http://wrvo.org Maffei still concerned over handling of Bergdahl release http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-still-concerned-over-handling-bergdahl-release <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) is still concerned over how the White House handled the release of Army Sgt. Bowe&nbsp;Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, saying some things were done right, but others wrong.</p><p>Bergdahl was freed from five years of imprisonment under the Taliban in Afghanistan about two weeks ago. In exchange, five Taliban prisoners in American custody were released.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:18:09 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57279 at http://wrvo.org Maffei still concerned over handling of Bergdahl release Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-stefanik-debate-local-and-national-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two candidates vying for the Republican Party's nod in the </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District showed a lot of similarities during an hour-long primary debate held Thursday in Watertown. The debate between Matt </span>Doheny<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Elise </span>Stefanik<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was broadcast on </span>WWNY<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Watertown and North Country Public Radio and public television.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:14:10 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57259 at http://wrvo.org Doheny, Stefanik debate local and national issues Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-medical-marijuana-bill-isnt-dead-yet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo said today that there's still a chance the state legislature could pass a medical marijuana bill that he would sign.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:19:13 +0000 Catherine Loper 57235 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says medical marijuana bill isn't dead yet 'Erin's Law' faces hurdles to passing in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/erins-law-faces-hurdles-passing-new-york-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the third year in a row, the New York State Senate passed "Erin's Law," a bill requiring schools to teach age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness to children in pre-Kindergarten through </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grade.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:05:03 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 57066 at http://wrvo.org 'Erin's Law' faces hurdles to passing in New York state Maffei withholding judgment on Bergdahl prisoner swap http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-withholding-judgment-bergdahl-prisoner-swap <p></p><p>Rep. Dan Maffei is taking a wait-and-see approach on his opinion over the release of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.</p><p>Bergdahl's freedom was negotiated in exchange for five suspected terrorists in American custody. It's drawn sharp criticism from members of Congress, particularly over their lack of prior knowledge. There are also questions over the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture and nearly five year detainment.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:31:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56871 at http://wrvo.org Maffei withholding judgment on Bergdahl prisoner swap Valesky says Senate leadership coalition is successful in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/valesky-says-senate-leadership-coalition-successful-albany <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in New York state are vowing to take control of the Senate from the coalition leading it now, made up of Republicans and five breakaway Democrats.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:44:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56912 at http://wrvo.org Valesky says Senate leadership coalition is successful in Albany As Primary Day approaches, Tenney continues calls for debate http://wrvo.org/post/primary-day-approaches-tenney-continues-calls-debate <p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:53:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56894 at http://wrvo.org As Primary Day approaches, Tenney continues calls for debate Doheny says attack ad launched againgst him crosses a line http://wrvo.org/post/doheny-says-attack-ad-launched-againgst-him-crosses-line <p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:22:10 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56826 at http://wrvo.org Howie Hawkins says Green Party has a shot at victory http://wrvo.org/post/howie-hawkins-says-green-party-has-shot-victory <p></p><p>Green Party politician&nbsp;Howie Hawkins says a third party candidate has a chance to win the governorship.</p><p>The left-leaning <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-happy-gain-working-families-party-endorsement" target="_blank">Working Families Party has endorsed</a> Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat running for reelection, but some members of the party weren’t happy with the choice.</p><p>Hawkins, a perennial progressive candidate for office, sees that as an opportunity.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:36:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56785 at http://wrvo.org Howie Hawkins says Green Party has a shot at victory Pelosi kicks off bus tour on women's issues in Seneca Falls http://wrvo.org/post/pelosi-kicks-bus-tour-womens-issues-seneca-falls <p>House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kicked off a multi-state bus tour in upstate New York in an appeal to women to vote for Democrats in November's election.</p><p>Pelosi was joined by various New York Democratic Congresswomen and female candidates for the house of representatives. The bus tour started Sunday in Seneca Falls, where Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Rochester) and the Democrat candidate from the 23<sup>rd</sup> district in the Finger Lakes area, Martha Robertson, joined the minority leader.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:08:36 +0000 Catherine Loper 56695 at http://wrvo.org Pelosi kicks off bus tour on women's issues in Seneca Falls Cuomo happy to gain Working Families Party endorsement http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-happy-gain-working-families-party-endorsement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left-leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly </span><span data-term="goog_125586788" style="line-height: 1.5;" tabindex="0">midnight on Saturday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> night.</span></p><p>Some members of the party have been upset because they believe the governor has not been progressive enough and they're unhappy with Cuomo's support for business-friendly tax cuts and charter schools.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:14:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56692 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo happy to gain Working Families Party endorsement Cuomo quietly accepts Independence Party endorsement http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-quietly-accepts-independence-party-endorsement <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quietly accepted the endorsement of the state’s Independence Party, after the party met with no public notice in Albany on Friday morning.</p><p>The Democrat governor did not attend the brief Independence Party meeting in Albany, but speaking in Buffalo later, acknowledged the endorsement.</p><p>“I’ve accepted the endorsement and I’ll be running on their line,” Cuomo said. “I’m pleased with their endorsement.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 09:42:18 +0000 Karen DeWitt 56336 at http://wrvo.org Astorino claims Cuomo aide made him sit in the back during president's speech http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-claims-cuomo-aide-made-him-sit-back-during-presidents-speech <p></p><p>The Republican candidate for governor, Rob Astorino, claims an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo made him sit in the back during President Barack Obama’s visit to New York City's Tappan Zee Bridge <span data-term="goog_150231130" tabindex="0">Wednesday</span>, a charge Cuomo’s spokesman denies.<br /><br />President Obama spoke near the bridge in Westchester County on the opening day of the state Republican Party convention, held just a few miles away nearby.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:43:08 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55836 at http://wrvo.org Astorino claims Cuomo aide made him sit in the back during president's speech DiNapoli says he's doing more than other comptrollers to fight graft http://wrvo.org/post/dinapoli-says-hes-doing-more-other-comptrollers-fight-graft <p></p><p>New York's top fiscal watchdog says he has been directly involved in fighting political corruption in the state. His opponent for state comptroller in November's election says otherwise.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:25:19 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55827 at http://wrvo.org DiNapoli says he's doing more than other comptrollers to fight graft GOP lieutenant governor choice is SAFE Act opponent http://wrvo.org/post/gop-lieutenant-governor-choice-safe-act-opponent <p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:17:02 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55749 at http://wrvo.org GOP lieutenant governor choice is SAFE Act opponent Astorino the underdog in the governor's race http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-underdog-governors-race <p></p><p>Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, faces a steep challenge. He’s 30 points behind the well-known incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls, and has only a fraction of Cuomo’s record $33 million campaign war chest. &nbsp;</p><p>Astorino is a Republican in a state where Democrats now dominate and independents, not registered in either major party, are gaining ground. But the 47-year-old married father of three says he’s used to being a long shot.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:54 +0000 Karen DeWitt 55748 at http://wrvo.org Astorino the underdog in the governor's race